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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 78.0° F  A Few Clouds
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A Badger hockey dream team?

Back in December, Paul Capobianco of the UW's Athletic Communications office posted an interesting question to the hockey blog: What if the NHL Badgers all played on the same team? With 20 former Badgers skating for NHL teams at the time, Capobianco was able to outline a plausible roster. >More
 Fastpitch softball at Goodman Diamond

Steeply banked bleachers perch fans right on top of the action -- and provide a view of Lake Mendota, too. Goodman Diamond is an intimate sports venue that should be rocking for Wisconsin fastpitch softball doubleheaders on Saturday afternoons. But thanks to Wisconsin's climate, fans huddled under blankets are usually outnumbered by empty seats. >More
 John Calipari > Bo Ryan: Coach Cal is a mastermind, not a criminal

John Calipari did not invent the "one-and-done" rule that precludes players from declaring for the NBA draft until a year after they graduate from high school and he has publicly spoken out against it. However, he also recognizes it for what it is and recruits accordingly. UK has reeled in the number one recruiting class every year since he has been in Lexington and is set for yet another. >More
 Bo Ryan > John Calipari: It's not just about winning the trophy

I think Bo Ryan understands that because his teams have been relatively successful here, his position comes with a bully pulpit from which he can push his vision of college athletics. It includes putting the institution ahead of the individual, making academics the top priority, earning a degree and leaving school with some life lessons in addition to basketball skills. But mostly, that statement indicates that Ryan believes there are more important things than winning basketball games. >More
 Bye-bye, Milwaukee Bucks

With a couple weeks left in the NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks (28-29 going into Wednesday's game against New York) are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. This is a rough approximation of the line that will be used by local TV sports anchors trying to sell Bucks highlights this week. Wow! A bona fide playoff contender in a league where over half the teams make the postseason -- get that champagne on ice! >More
 The starting five

There were no 20-game winners among the Milwaukee Brewers' five starting pitchers last season and no serious Cy Young candidates. The rotation was described as good, not great; efficient and solid, not flashy. But all five starters finished the season, which ended in the National League Championship Series, with winning records. >More
 UW Hodags reach out to ultimate's hungry fan base

The Wisconsin Hodags have been among college ultimate's top clubs over the last 10 years, winning national titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008. But since most of the sport's action takes place in warmer climates during the winter and early spring, Madison ultimate fans rarely get a chance to see them play. >More
 Wisconsin vs. Syracuse: Pre-game predictions

The Wisconsin vs. Syracuse match-up in the NCAA basketball tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" is one of the most compelling in that it pits the Orange's notorious 2-3 zone and transition attack against the Badgers' man-to-man and half-court style. >More
 Defending Jordan Taylor

The college basketball analyst I'm paying most attention to these days is Mark Titus from Titus blogged his way through a benchwarming career at Ohio State, where one of his favorite subjects was Wisconsin. He dubbed them "Buzzcuts" after noticing that "pretty much every white guy who has played for Bo Ryan has had a buzzcut." >More
 Fans on the street: Keep the WIAA high school hoops tournaments in Madison (video)

Due to scheduling conflicts at the Kohl Center between UW-Madison athletic events and high school basketball tournaments, the WIAA recommended last month that the tournaments move from Madison to Green Bay. Doing so would end a great March Madness tradition for fans and players alike. The consensus among those we met up with over the weekend is to keep the tournament in Madison. >More
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